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i·mag·i·na·tion

 (ĭ-măj′ə-nā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The ability to form mental images of things that are not present to the senses or not considered to be real: The author uses her imagination to create a universe parallel to our own.
b. The formation of such images: a child's imagination of monsters.
c. One of these mental images: "some secret sense ... which ... took to itself and treasured up ... her thoughts, her imaginations, her desires" (Virginia Woolf).
d. The mind viewed as the locus or repository of this ability or these images: "This story had been rattling around in my imagination for years" (Orson Scott Card).
2. The ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of the mind; resourcefulness: handled the problems with great imagination.
3. Attention, interest, or enthusiasm: an explorer's ordeal that caught the imagination of the public.

i·mag′i·na′tion·al adj.

imagination

(ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən)
n
1. the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced
2. mental creative ability
3. the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in romantic literary criticism, esp that of S. T. Coleridge) a creative act of perception that joins passive and active elements in thinking and imposes unity on the poetic material. Compare fancy9
imˌagiˈnational adj

im•ag•i•na•tion

(ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the action or faculty of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
2. creative talent or ability.
3. the product of imagining; a conception or mental creation.
4. ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imagination - the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the sensesimagination - the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses; "popular imagination created a world of demons"; "imagination reveals what the world could be"
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
fancy - a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
fantasy, phantasy - imagination unrestricted by reality; "a schoolgirl fantasy"
dreaming, dream - imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; "he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
2.imagination - the ability to form mental images of things or eventsimagination - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
mind's eye - the imaging of remembered or invented scenes; "I could see her clearly in my mind's eye"
vision - a vivid mental image; "he had a vision of his own death"
envisioning, picturing - visual imagery
dream, dreaming - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"
chimaera, chimera - a grotesque product of the imagination
evocation - imaginative re-creation
make-believe, pretense, pretence - imaginative intellectual play
3.imagination - the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems; "a man of resource"
cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness - the power of creative imagination
armory, armoury, inventory - a collection of resources; "he dipped into his intellectual armory to find an answer"

imagination

noun
1. creativity, vision, invention, ingenuity, enterprise, insight, inspiration, wit, originality, inventiveness, resourcefulness He has a logical mind and a little imagination.
2. mind's eye, fancy Long before I went there, the place was alive in my imagination.
3. interest, attention, curiosity, fascination Italian football captured the imagination of the nation last season.
Quotations
"The Possible's slow fuse is lit"
"By the Imagination" [Emily Dickinson]
"People can die of mere imagination" [Geoffrey Chaucer The Miller's Tale]
"Nature uses imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels" [Luigi Pirandello Six Characters in Search of an Author]
"I have imagination, and nothing that is real is alien to me" [George Santayana Little Essays]
"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life" [Joseph Conrad A Personal Record]
"My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it" [Ursula Le Guin Winged: the Creatures on My Mind]
"Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much" [Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory]

imagination

noun
The power of the mind to form images:
Translations
خيالخَيالخَيَالٌخَيال، قُدْرَةٌ على الإبتداعخَيال، وَهْم
představivostvýplod obrazotvornostifantazieobrazotvornost
fantasiforestillingsevne
imago
mielikuvitusmielikuva
mašta
képzeletképzelõdésképzelõtehetség
ímyndunímyndunarafl
想像
상상
obrazotvornosťpredstavivosťvýplod predstavivosti
domišljija
fantasi
จินตนาการ
hayalhayal etme gücühayal gücükuruntuvehim
trí tưởng tượng

imagination

[ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən] N (= mental ability) → imaginación f; (= inventiveness) → imaginación f, inventiva f
it's all in your imaginationte lo estás imaginando, son imaginaciones tuyas
was it my imagination or did I see you there?¿me lo he imaginado o te vi allí de verdad?
to have a vivid imaginationtener una imaginación muy viva or despierta
she let her imagination run away with herse dejó llevar por la imaginación
her story caught the popular imaginationsu historia atrapó el interés popular
it doesn't take much imagination to realize what happenedno hace falta tener mucha imaginación para darse cuenta de lo que ocurrió
use your imaginationusa la imaginación

imagination

[ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən] n
(= ability to imagine) → imagination f
to have a vivid imagination → avoir une imagination fertile
to have little imagination → avoir peu d'imagination
a lack of imagination → un manque d'imagination
it's just your imagination → tu imagines des choses
to capture sb's imagination → frapper l'imagination de qn
(= mind) → imagination m
I can still see her in my imagination → Je la vois encore en imagination.

imagination

n (creative) → Fantasie f, → Phantasie f, → Vorstellungskraft f, → Einbildungskraft f; (self-deceptive) → Einbildung f; to have (a lively or vivid) imagination(eine lebhafte or rege) Fantasie haben; he has little imaginationer hat wenig Fantasie; use your imaginationlassen Sie Ihre Fantasie spielen; in order to encourage children to use their imagination(s)um die Fantasie von Kindern anzuregen; to lack imaginationfantasielos or einfallslos sein; it’s just your imagination!das bilden Sie sich (dat)nur ein!; it’s all in your imaginationdas ist alles Einbildung; to capture or catch somebody’s imaginationjdn in seinen Bann ziehen; it captures the imaginationes ist faszinierend; to stretch the imaginationgroße Vorstellungskraft erfordern

imagination

[ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃn] nimmaginazione f; (inventiveness) → immaginazione, fantasia
it's all imagination! → sono tutte fantasie!
it's all in your imagination → è tutto frutto della tua immaginazione
to have a vivid imagination → avere una fervida fantasia or una viva immaginazione
she lets her imagination run away with her → si lascia trasportare dalla fantasia
use your imagination! → su, un po' di fantasia!

imagine

(iˈmӕdʒin) verb
1. to form a mental picture of (something). I can imagine how you felt.
2. to see or hear etc (something which is not true or does not exist). Children often imagine that there are frightening animals under their beds; You're just imagining things!
3. to think; to suppose. I imagine (that) he will be late.
iˈmaginary adjective
existing only in the mind or imagination; not real. Her illnesses are usually imaginary.
iˌmagiˈnation noun
1. (the part of the mind which has) the ability to form mental pictures. I can see it all in my imagination.
2. the creative ability of a writer etc. This book shows a lot of imagination.
3. the seeing etc of things which do not exist. There was no-one there – it was just your imagination.
iˈmaginative (-nətiv) , ((American) -neitiv) adjective
(negative unimaginative) having, or created with, imagination. an imaginative writer; This essay is interesting and imaginative.

imagination

خَيَالٌ představivost fantasi Phantasie φαντασία imaginación mielikuvitus imagination mašta immaginazione 想像 상상 verbeelding fantasi wyobraźnia imaginação воображение fantasi จินตนาการ hayal trí tưởng tượng 想象力

imag·i·na·tion

n. imaginación.
References in classic literature ?
I advise you to sail away in one of your ships, and never come home again till you have tried your own way," said Jo, whose imagination was fired by the thought of such a daring exploit, and whose sympathy was excited by what she called `Teddy's Wrongs'.
The boy's imagination was ex- cited and he fancied that he could see and hear strange things in the darkness.
She was a battered woman now, not a lovely girl; but she still had that something which fires the imagination, could still stop one's breath for a moment by a look or gesture that somehow revealed the meaning in common things.
Pontellier could not help wondering if there were not a little imagination responsible for its origin, for the rose tint had never faded from her friend's face.
His awakened imagination, deluded by the deceptive light, converted each waving bush, or the fragment of some fallen tree, into human forms, and twenty times he fancied he could distinguish the horrid visages of his lurking foes, peering from their hiding places, in never ceasing watchfulness of the movements of his party.
My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.
The popular imagination, indeed, long kept itself busy with the affair of the old Puritan Pyncheon and the wizard Maule; the curse which the latter flung from his scaffold was remembered, with the very important addition, that it had become a part of the Pyncheon inheritance.
The figure of that first ancestor, invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur, was present to my boyish imagination as far back as I can remember.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
Oh, it was a trap--not designed, but deep--to my imagination, to my delicacy, perhaps to my vanity; to whatever, in me, was most excitable.
But in a matter like this, subtlety appeals to subtlety, and without imagination no man can follow another into these halls.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness.